A dazzling showcase of Tiffany treasures

A new exhibition in Shanghai celebrates the famed jewellery house’s place in history – from Breakfast at Tiffany’s to Lady Gaga at the Oscars

The thematic journey takes visitors through six chapters devoted to Tiffany & Co’s history
The thematic journey takes visitors through six chapters devoted to Tiffany & Co’s history

This week, Tiffany & Co opened the doors to its first retrospective exhibition, taking place at the Fosun Foundation in Shanghai. Titled Vision & Virtuosity, the exhibition showcases some of the most important objects from the Tiffany archives in a celebration of the brand’s 180-year anniversary.

The exhibition showcases several “Tiffany firsts” such as the introduction of the modern engagement ring
The exhibition showcases several “Tiffany firsts” such as the introduction of the modern engagement ring
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Visitors can view never-before-seen treasures from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s – including the original script with Audrey Hepburn’s personal annotations, and Edith Head’s black costume designs for the actress. Other gems on show include the design for the first modern engagement ring and the first mail-order catalogue in the US – the original 1845 Tiffany Blue Book.

The World of Tiffany installation showcases Tiffany’s iconic influence in film, television, music and literature
The World of Tiffany installation showcases Tiffany’s iconic influence in film, television, music and literature
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The exhibition culminates with one of the world’s largest diamonds, the Tiffany Diamond. This 128.54ct fancy yellow diamond was found in the Kimberley mines in South Africa in 1877 and was purchased by Mr Tiffany for $18,000 at the time. When Lady Gaga wore the diamond at this year’s Oscars, it was said to be worth $30m. All ticket sales from the exhibition will benefit the Fosun Foundation, a non-profit arts centre, and its charitable programmes.

 

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